Baldur’s Gate 3 players reveal “dumbest” mistakes they made in first playthrough

Emily Stander
Karlach talks to you in Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur’s Gate 3 does little in the sense of telling players how their choices will affect the story or their companions, and some fans have admitted to the less-than-ideal things they did in their first playthrough.

While Baldur’s Gate 3 does give you some guidance on how to play the game, there are some things players are not aware of until they make some egregious mistakes. These range from small game mechanics like picking your companions up in battle to bigger story choices that determine the fate of you and your party

Redditor ‘TinkerMelii’ posted about their biggest mistake when playing Baldur’s Gate 3 for the first time. “I NEVER summoned Scratch except once. Accidentally triggered combat shortly after. And used my first turn to dismiss him,” they said. “For some reason I was convinced that he would actually die if he died in combat and he’d be gone from camp.” 

More fans congregated in the comments to share their own mistakes in their first playthrough, and a lot of them had to do with killing off Origin characters. Player ‘vaena’ confessed that they “[detonated] Gale just to see what happened while assuming I’d get a radius or at least a ‘please confirm you want to do this.’”

They were not the only one who let Gale explode, as many others also confessed to using the bomb inside his chest. ‘Cpatterson Evans’ admitted to doing the same thing, but in a fight that wasn’t even against The Absolute. “I detonated Gale during my first fight attempt with Yurgir to see what it would do and if it could help in the fight… the fight ended in a draw to say the least,” they said. 

Baldur’s Gate 3 player ‘wrappedinplastic315’ discovered that if you don’t stop Astarion from feeding on you, well, it’s not good. “Didn’t stop Astarion from feasting on my blood. He killed me,” they said. “Next morning while walking by my corpse he said, ‘Oh no, something terrible has happened.’”

Lastly, some players didn’t know that you could use character mechanics outside of combat to navigate around obstacles. ‘PredictableToast’ admitted, “I am trying to get to Karlach. I get to the broken bridge,” the explained. “In past games – this means I need to figure out another way around. I spend TEN HOURS of gameplay exploring and trying to figure out how to get to her just to figure out that I need to actually jump over the the bridge.”

There are many players who have done multiple playthroughs of Baldur’s Gate 3, and that’s not only because of the over 10,000 different endings that are possible in the game. Sometimes it’s because their decisions in their first playthrough were less than ideal, and they wanted to find a better outcome.

For more on Baldur’s Gate 3, read about players who confess the sins they committed and how to craft all the potions.

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Emily is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. Most of the time, you can find her playing RPGs and platformers - but she enjoys engaging in the rage of Overwatch 2 or Apex Legends from time to time. Emily has a Masters in Media Studies and has been working as a journalist for over 5 years, both freelance and full-time. You can contact her at [email protected]